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Pray the 

I^OSAliY 



HOW TO SAY THE ROSARY 



"poSARY beads usually consist of five 
decades (five sets of ten small beads 
chained together with one large bead 
separating each set) . To this set of five 
decades is added a crucifix on which is 
said the Apostles' Creed; one large bead 
on which is said the Our Father; three 
small beads on which are said three Hail 
Marys ending with one "Glory be*'; on 
the large bead is announced the First 
Mystery and one "Our Father" is said. 
Then follows the first decade of the 
Rosary on which is recited ten Hail 
Marys, followed by one "Glory be." On 
the next large bead is announced the 
Second Mystery and one "Our Father" 
is said as before. 



HAME 



ADDRESS 




Sign of the Cross 
end Apostles' Creed 



Our Lady of the Rosary 
of Fatima 




Pray the 

R osar y 

for 

PRIVATE RECITATION 

FAMILY ROSARY 
FIVE FIRST SATURDAYS 
ROSARY NOVENAS 

By REV. J. M. LELEN, Ph.D. 

Preface by 
Rev. Patrick Peyton C.S.C. 




Catholic Book Publishing Co. 
New York, N. Y. 



NIHIL OBSTAT: 

John M. Fearns, S.T.D. 

Censor Librorum 

IMPRIMATUR: 

t Francis Cardinal Spellman, D.D. 

Archbishop of New York 

Feast of the Assumption 
August 15, 1953 



Whatever you ask through the 
Rosary shall he granted.'* 

Promise of Our Lady to St. Dominic 



(T-40) 



Copyright 1953 
Catholic Book Publishing Co., N. Y. 
United States and Canada 
Printed and Bound in U.S.A. 



G^reface 



I HOPE that this beautiful little 
book will be your guide to a 
richer and more intimate understand- 
ing of the Holy Rosary. 

Keep it handy in your home and 
in your pocket or purse, because it 
is an inspiration to loving meditation 
on the Mysteries of Our Lord Jesus 
as you address Our Blessed Lady in 
petition and thanksgiving. 

May Jesus and Mary bless all who 
use it with tender and personal de- 
votion. 



Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. 



THE FAMILY ROSARY 



The Family That Prays Together . • • 
Stays Together. 

HE Family Rosary is the 
I Rosary recited aloud to- 
gether, by as many of the 
family and their friends 
as can be present, or even 
by only two. Any family may say the 
Family Rosary in any suitable place and 
at any time. The most convenient time 
is after the evening meal. 

A leader says aloud the first part of 
each prayer; a second person or group 
of persons answers aloud the second 
part of that prayer. 

To begin the Family Rosar>% all hold 
the Crucifix of their Rosary in the right 
hand and make the Sign of the Cross. 

The leader begins the x\postles' Creed 
and proceeds to say the Our Father on 
the large beads and the Hail Mary on 
the small beads. The leader announces 
the Mystery before each decade. Five 
decades should be recited each day. 




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THE FIVE FIRST SATURDAYS 



Mary's Great Promise at Fatima 

HE Five First Saturdays are 
intended to honor and to 
make reparation to the Im- 
maculate Heart of Mary for 
all the blasphemies and in- 
gratitude of men. 

This devotion and the wonderful 
promises connected with it were re- 
vealed by the Blessed Virgin at Fatima, 
a small village in Portugal. Our Lady 
appeared to three children there in 1917, 
and one of the little girls, Lucy, tells us 
that she said: I promise to help at the 
hour of death y with the graces needed 
for salvatioriy whoever on the First Satur- 
day of five consecutive months shall: 

1. Confess and receive Communion; 

2. Recite five decades of the Rosary; 

3. And keep me company for fifteen 
minutes while meditating on the fifteen 
mysteries of the Rosary, with the inten- 
tion of making reparation to me. 




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ROSARY NOVENAS 



aELIGIOUS devotion, public 
jH or private, for the duration 




of nine days to gain special 
graces, is called a Novena. 
Those who perform it with 
a lively hope of having their request 
granted, and with perfect resignation 
should it be refused, may be assured 
that Christ will grant some grace or 
blessing, though in His infinite wisdom 
and mercy He may refuse the particular 
favor which they implore. 

Novenas originated in imitation of 
the Apostles who were gathered together 
in prayer for nine days from the time of 
Our Lord's Ascension to Pentecost Sun- 
day. However, care must be taken lest 
the power of any Novena be limited to 
the number nine rather than persever- 
ance in fer\'ent prayer. 

The practice of saying the Rosary 
nine times in the form of a Rosary 
Novena in petition or thanksgiving is 



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another way of heeding Our Lady of 
Fatima's admonition to Pray the Rosary. 

The 54-Day Novena Devotion which 
originated in 1884 at the Sanctuary of 
Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii, 
consists of the daily recitation of five 
decades of the Rosary for twenty-seven 
days in petition and five decades for 
twenty-seven additional days in thanks- 
giving. In reality you will be making 
three Novenas in petition for a par- 
ticular favor and three Novenas in 
thanksgiving for a particular favor. 

1st day say the 5 Joyful Mysteries. 
2nd day say the 5 Sorrowful Mysteries. 
3rd day say the 5 Glorious Mysteries. 
4th day begin again the 5 Joyful Mys- 
teries, etc. 



PRAYER BEFORE THE ROSARY 



QUEEN of the Holy Rosary, you 
have deigned to come to Fa- 
tima to reveal to the three shepherd 
children the treasures of grace hidden 
in the Rosary. Inspire my heart with a 
sincere love of this devotion, in order 
that by meditating on the Mysteries 
of our Redemption which are recalled 
in it, I may be enriched with its fruits 
and obtain peace for the world, the 
conversion of sinners and of Russia, 
and the favor which I ask of you in 
this Rosary. {Here mention your re- 
quest.) I ask it for the greater glory 
of God, for your own honor, and for 
the good of souls, especially for my 
own. Amen. 




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ve 



TJl^steries 



When reciting the Rosary you may 
choose to say the five Joyful Mysteries 
on Mondays, Thursdays, the Sundays of 
Advent, and Sundays from Epiphany 
until Lent. 



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The Annunciation 



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FIRST JOYFUL MYSTERY 



THE ANNUNCIATION 



/ Desire the Love of Humility 

Think of . . . 

The humility of the Blessed 
Virgin when the Angel Gab- 
riel greeted her with these 
words: "Hail full of grace/' 

Say . . . 

1 Our Father. 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father, etc. 



* "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save 
us from the fire of hell, take all souls to 
heaven, and help especially those most 
in need of Your mercy." 

* In her second apparition at Fatima, 
June 13, 1917, Our Lady taught the three 
shepherd children to add this ejaculation 
after each decade of the Rosary. 

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The Visitation 
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SECOND JOYFUL MYSTERY 



THE VISITATION 

/ Desire Charify ioward My Neighbor 

Tfiifife of . . . 

Mary's charity in visiting her 
cousin Elizabeth and remain- 
ing with her for three months 
before the birth of John the 
Baptist. 

Say , . . 

1 Our Father. 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father, etc. 



"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save 
us from the fire of hell, take all souls to 
heaven, and help especially those most 
in need of Your mercy." 



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The Nativity 
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THIRD JOYFUL MYSTERY 



THE NATIVITY 

/ Desire the Love of God 

Think of . . . 

The poverty, so lovingly ac- 
cepted by Mary w^hen she 
placed the Infant Jesus, our 
God and Redeemer, in a man- 
ger in the stable of Bethlehem. 

Say ♦ ♦ ♦ 

1 Our Father. 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father, etc. 



"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save 
us from the fire of hell, take all souls to 
heaven, and help especially those most 
in need of Your mercy." 



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FOURTH JOYFUL MYSTERY 



THE PRESENTATION 

/ Desire a Spirit of Sacrifice 

Think of . . . 

Mary's obedience to the law 
of God in presenting the Child 
Jesus in the Temple. 

Say . . . 

1 Our Father. 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father, etc. 



"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save 
us from the fire of hell, take all souls to 
heaven, and help especially those most 
in need of Your mercy." 



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FIFTH JOYFUL MYSTERY 



FINDING IN THE TEMPLE 

/ Desire Zeal for fhe Glory of God 

Think of . . . 

The deep sorrow with which 
Mary sought the Child Jesus 
for three days, and the joy 
with which she found Him in 
the midst of the Teachers in 
the Temple. 

Say . . . 

1 Our Father. 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father, etc. 



"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save 
us from the fire of hell, take all souls to 
heaven, and help especially those most 
in need of Your mercy." 

Hail! Holy Queen, as on page 48. 



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Prayer After Reciting the Five 
Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary 

OGOD, whose only-begotten Son, 
by His life, death and resurrec- 
tion, has purchased for us the rewards 
of eternal life; grant, we beseech 
Thee, that, meditating upon these 
mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary 
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may 
imitate what they contain and obtain 
what they promise, through the same 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 

May the divine assistance re- 
main always with us. 

I^^. Amen. 

V. And may the souls of the faith- 
ful departed, through the mercy of 
God, rest in peace. 

I^. Amen. 



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ive 



Sorrowful 
TTli/stenes 



When reciting the Rosary you may 
choose to say the five Sorrowful Mys- 
teries on Tuesdays and Fridays, and 
every day during Lent. 



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FIRST SORROWFUL MYSTERY 



AGONY IN THE GARDEN 

/ Desire True Repentance for My Sins 

Think of . . . 

Our Lord Jesus in the Gar- 
den of Gethsemani, suffering a 
bitter agony for our sins. 

Say . . . 

1 Our Father. 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father, etc. 



"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save 
us from the fire of hell, take all souls to 
heaven, and help especially those most 
in need of Your mercy." 



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The Scourging at the Pillar 
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SECOND SORROWFUL MYSTERY 



SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR 

/ Desire a Spirit of Morfifi cation 

Think of . . . 

The cruel scourging at the 
pillar that our Lord suffered; 
the heavy blows that tore His 
flesh. 

Say ♦ ♦ . 

1 Our Father. 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father, etc. 



"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save 
us from the fire of hell, take all souls to 
heaven, and help especially those most 
in need of Your mercy." 

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THIRD SORROWFUL MYSTERY 



CROWNING WITH THORNS 

/ Desire Moral Courage 

Think of . . ^ 

The crown of sharp thorns 
that was forced upon our 
Lord's sacred Head and the 
patience with which He en- 
dured the pain for our sins. 

Say . . . 

1 Our Father. 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father, etc. 



"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save 
us from the fire of hell, take all souls to 
heaven, and help especially those most 
in need of Your mercy." 



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FOURTH SORROWFUL MYSTERY 



CARRYING OF THE CROSS 

/ Desire fhe Virtue of Pofience 

Think of . . . 

The heavy Cross, so willingly 
carried by our Lord, and ask 
Him to help you to carry your 
crosses without complaint. 

Say . ♦ . 

1 Our Father. 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father, etc. 



"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save 
us from the fire of hell, take all souls to 
heaven, and help especially those most 
in need of Your mercy." 



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FIFTH SORROWFUL MYSTERY 



THE CRUCIFIXION 

f Desire the Grace of Final Perseverance 

Think of . . ^ 

The love which filled Christ's 
Sacred Heart during His three 
hours' agony on the Cross, and 
ask Him to be with you at the 
hour of death. 

Say . . ♦ 

1 Our Father. 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father, etc. 



"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save 
us from the fire of hell, take all souls to 
heaven, and help especially those most 
in need of Your mercy." 

Hail! Holy Queen, as on page 48. 



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Prayer After Reciting the Five 
Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary 

OGOD, whose only-begotten Son, 
by His life, death and resurrec- 
tion, has purchased for us the rewards 
of eternal life; grant, we beseech 
Thee, that, meditating upon these 
mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary 
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may 
imitate what they contain and obtain 
what they promise, through the same 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 

y. May the divine assistance re- 
main always with us. 

I^^. Amen. 

V. And may the souls of the faith- 
ful departed, through the mercy of 
God, rest in peace. 

I^^ Amen. 



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orious 



TTlysterh 



'les 



When reciting the Rosary you may 
choose to say the five Glorious Mysteries 
on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and the Sun- 
days from Easter until Advent. 



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FIRST GLORIOUS MYSTERY 



THE RESURRECTION 

/ Desire a Strong Faifh 

Thirife of . . ♦ 

Christ's glorious triumph 
when, on the third day after 
His death, He arose from the 
tomb and for forty days ap- 
peared to His Blessed Mother 
and to His disciples. 

Say ♦ ♦ ♦ 

1 Our Father. 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father, etc. 



"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save 
us from the fire of hell, take all souls to 
heaven, and help especially those most 
in need of Your mercy." 



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SECOND GLORIOUS MYSTERY 



THE ASCENSION 

/ Desire the Virtue of Hope 

Think of . . . 

The Ascension of Jesus Christ, 
forty days after His glorious 
Resurrection, in the presence 
of Mary and His disciples. 

Say ♦ . . 

1 Our Father. 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father, etc. 



"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save 
us from the fire of hell, take all souls to 
heaven, and help especially those most 
in need of Your mercy." 



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The Descent of the Holy Ghost 
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THIRD GLORIOUS MYSTERY 



THE DESCENT OF THE 
HOLY GHOST 

/ Desire Zeal for the Glory of God 

Think of . . . 

The descent of the Holy Ghost 
upon Mary and the Apostles, 
under the form of tongues of 
fire, in fulfillment of Christ's 
promise. 

Say . . . 

1 Our Father. 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father, etc. 



"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save 
us from the fire of hell, take all souls to 
heaven, and help especially those most 
in need of Your mercy." 



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e Assumption of the Blessed 
Virgin Mary into Heaven 



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FOURTH GLORIOUS MYSTERY 



THE ASSUMPTION 

/ Desire the Grace of a Holy Death 

Thmfe 0/ ♦ ♦ ♦ 

The glorious Assumption of 
Mary into Heaven, when she 
was united with her Divine 
Son, 

Say . . . 

1 Our Father. 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father, etc. 



"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save 
us from the fire of hell, take all souls to 
heaven, and help especially those most 
in need of Your mercy." 



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FIFTH GLORIOUS MYSTERY 



THE CORONATION OF THE 
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY 

/ Desire a Greater Love for the 
Blessed Virgin Mary 

Think of . . . 

The glorious crowning of 
Mary as Queen of Heaven by 
her Divine Son, to the great 
joy of all the Saints. 

Say . . . 

1 Our Father. 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father, etc. 



"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save 
us from the fire of hell, take all souls to 
heaven, and help especially those most 
in need of Your mercy." 

HaW Holy Queen, as on page 48. 



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Prayer After Reciting the Five 
Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary 

OGOD, whose only-begotten Son, 
by His life, death and resurrec- 
tion, has purchased for us the rewards 
of eternal life; grant, we beseech 
Thee, that, meditating upon these 
mysteries of the Most Holy Rosarv 
of the Blessed Virgin Mar\% we may 
imitate what they contain and obtain 
what they promise, through the same 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 

y. May the divine assistance re- 
main always with us. 
Amen. 

y. And may the souls of the faith- 
ful departed, through the mercy of 
God, rest in peace. 
Amen. 



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THE PRAYERS OF THE ROSARY 
The Our Father 

O UR Father who art in heaven, hal- 
lowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom 
come; Thy will be done on earth as it 
is in heaven. Give us this day our daily 
bread; and forgive us our trespasses as 
we forgive those who trespass against us; 
and lead us not into temptation, but 
deliver us from evil. Amen. 

The Hail Mary 

T\ AIL Mary, full of grace! the Lord is 
with thee; blessed art thou among 
women, and blessed is the fruit of thy 
womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of 
God, pray for us sinners now and at 
the hour of our death. x\men. 

Glory be tc the Father 

Q LORY be to the Father, and to the 
Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it 
was in the beginning, is now, and ever 
shall be, world without end. Amen. 



BELIEVE in God, the Father Al- 



mighty, Creator of heaven and earth; 
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our 
Lord; who was conceived by the Holy 




The Apostles' Creed 



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Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered 
under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died 
and was buried. He descended into hell; 
the third day He arose again from the 
dead; He ascended into heaven, sitteth 
at the right hand of God, the Father 
Almighty; from thence He shall come to 
judge the living and the dead. I believe 
in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic 
Church, the communion of saints, the 
forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of 
the body, and life everlasting. Amen. 

The Hail! Holy Queen 

AIL! Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, 
our life, our sweetness and our 
hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished 
children of Eve. To thee do we send up 
our sighs, mourning and weeping in this 
valley of tears. Turn then, O most gra- 
cious advocate, thine eyes of mercy to- 
ward us; and after this our exile, show 
unto us the blessed fniit of thy womb, 
Jesus. O clement! O loving! O sweet 
Virgin Mary! 

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of 
God. H". That we may be made worthy 
of the promises of Christ. 




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ROSARY INDULGENCES 



a) Those who reverently recite five dec- 
ades of the Rosary, may gain an indulgence 
of 5 years. 

b) Those who reverently recite five dec- 
ades of the Rosary in unison with others, 
publicly or privately, may gain an indulgence 
of 10 years, once a day. A plenary indul- 
gence on the last Sunday of each month, 
with the addition of Confession, Communion, 
and a visit to a church or public oratory, if 
five decades of the Rosary are recited at least 
three times in any of the preceding weeKis. 

In addition, a partial indulgence of 10 
years, if the Rosary is recited in unison with 
the family. A plenary indulgence twice a 
month, if the same is recited daily for a 
month with the addition of Confession, Com- 
munion, and a visit to a church or public 
oratory. 

c) Those who reverently recite five dec- 
ades of the Rosary in the presence of the 
Blessed Sacrament, either exposed publicly 
or reserved in the tabernacle, may gain a 
plenary indulgence under the conditions of 
Confession and Communion. (No. 395.) 

Note: Each decade may be said at different 
times as long as the chaplet of five decades 
is completed on the same day. - 

Additional Rosary Indulgences may be 
found in Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, Nos. 
396, 397, 398. 



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